I can't see how this will play out in every last detail, nor am I sure if I personally will end up liking it more or less. I think I will like things better and I think this will improve the game for me.
A lot of people in this topic are absolutely sure about how the game will change, I'm envious of their clairvoyance.
Listen, the new raking damage will be a skill multiplier, I think. People who take the wind will have more going for them now. Like you, I am also a bit nervous about the new power of bigger guns, but I'm far from convinced it will be as bad as some people seem so sure about.
Only masts and sails.